A new petition is hoping to bring back B.C.’s Human Rights Commission.
Gurpreet Singh with Radical Desi magazine is one of the organizers behind the petition.
He’s hoping timing will help shed light on the issue.
“We have decided to launch a petition and we are only one year away from election, this is the right time. We are going to start it from the Surrey Newton riding because it has a visible number of the minority groups who are much more vulnerable to human rights abuse.”
“Canada has an obligation towards international convention on human rights; so BC should be made to fulfill that obligation.”
He says the petition should be ready in time for International Human Rights Day on December 10th.
The last person to hold the position as Chief Commissioner was Harinder Mahil.
The position was abolished in 2002.
Mahil says there is no reason for B.C. to be the only province in the country without a Commission.
“There is a role for agencies like Human Rights Commission because what is missing today that’s not being done is people are not being educated about their rights and responsibilities.”
He says Canada claims to be a human rights leader in the world – and B.C. should follow suit.